Orange You Glad He Was DHS Head?


USA Today–a paper that has had its own share of credibility problems–is reporting that Tom Ridge, the former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, wasn't always on board when it came time to go from Lemon Yellow to Orange Orange on the much-derided color-coded terrorism-threat chart (which has always been just too Peter Max for words):

Ridge said he wanted to "debunk the myth" that his agency was responsible for repeatedly raising the alert under a color-coded system he unveiled in 2002.

"More often than not we were the least inclined to raise it," Ridge told reporters. "Sometimes we disagreed with the intelligence assessment. Sometimes we thought even if the intelligence was good, you don't necessarily put the country on (alert). … There were times when some people were really aggressive about raising it, and we said, 'For that?'"

Whole thing here.

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